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06/01/2008 Ashes Divide (Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall)

By Eric | June 4, 2008 11:46 am

I raced over to Water Street after my roller hockey game, and completely missed Inner Party System, the opener. Sara said they were pretty decent. Anyway, I got there as they were doing the final prep for Ashes Divide’s set, and I really only had to wait about 10 minutes. The band came out, and launched into Sword. Billy Howerdel didn’t really talk much, only pausing between songs to say thanks, and at one point he mentioned that they’d be back in the area as part of the main stage of Projekt Revolution. They ran through the entire album, plus a wild cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” that neither Sara nor I recognized until they got to the chorus. Easily one of the most rockin’ Fleetwood Mac covers I’ve ever heard. Maybe they’ll release that somewhere! Anyway, the band sounded terrific, the songs were true to the album versions without being carbon copies, and despite not talking much, Billy seemed to be happy playing his songs for the 100 or so people that were there. After the set was finished, Billy came to the back merch table and signed everybody’s stuff. I snagged a setlist from the soundboard, so I had him sign that along with the CD cover. Sara mentioned to him that it had been 8 years since we first saw him (as a member of APC, at the 4/28/2000 NIN Toronto show) and that we couldn’t believe it had been that long. He was pretty gracious about the whole thing, and I came away liking the album that much more after seeing it performed live. A great Sunday night show. Setlist: Sword, Enemies, Too Late, Ritual, Stripped Away, A Wish, Forever Can Be, The Prey, Defamed, Denial Waits, The Chain (Fleetwood Mac cover), The Stone.

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